Meet the candidates for Brisbane: Stephen Bates Green

Stephen Bates Greens 2022 federal election
Stephen Bates Greens

As the 2022 federal election looms, QNews gives each of the major party candidates for the seat of Brisbane an opportunity to share why they believe our communities should vote for them. Stephen Bates Greens aims for progressive queer representation in parliament.

Stephen Bates Greens

Being queer is political. We do not have a choice. We experience worse mental health outcomes, higher rates of homelessness, and sometimes even our very existence is debated in the public sphere.

Earlier this year, Citipointe Christian College issued parents a new school contract which stated homosexuality is a ‘sexual immorality’, and that children will be expelled should they be queer or gender diverse.

Religious Discrimination Bill

This is a preview of what Australia could be like under the LNP’s Religious Discrimination Bill, which seeks to grant religious institutions and businesses the right to hire and fire based on
sexuality, marital status, and family planning choices.

To fight this, we need progressive queer representation in parliament, and that is why I am running for the seat of Brisbane this federal election. I am proud of my sexuality and will fight against legislation that actively discriminates against LGBTQIA+ people.

However, it is not enough to stop bad legislation becoming law — we should promote policies that improve our lives. Medicare must be extended to cover dental and mental health services, as well as gender-affirming healthcare. We must build one million public homes to clear housing waitlists and end homelessness. We need 100% renewable energy by 2030 to tackle climate change.

A 4.9% swing to the Greens is all that is needed to win Brisbane from the LNP. Change is within reach. We need a strong voice in parliament speaking up for our community and I hope to be that voice for us.

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Pride Politics in the Pub: the 2022 Federal Election

Meet Stephen Bates Greens along with the Madonna Jarrett Labor and Trevor Evans Liberal at Pride Politics in the Pub, April 29.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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1 Comment

  1. Stanley S
    1 April 2022

    I never thought I would vote Greens.

    You have my vote this round.

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